The Marching Bearcat Band (MBB) is the most visible performing ensemble on the McKendree
University campus. MBB performs at all home football games, is the host and featured
performing ensemble at our Preview of Champions Marching Band Competition, and is
the sponsor of Drum Corps International’s DCI St. Louis show.
Each fall, the band wraps up their season with a staged and specially lighted concert in the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. The show highlights music and choreography performed during the season and features the PomCats Dance Team and the entire Marching Bearcat Band!
Thinking about pursuing your passion for band and color guard after high school? The MBB is made up of students from many different disciplines: approximately 50% majoring in areas outside music, 25% majoring in music and 25% minoring in music.
Sign up for a Marching Bearcat Band Audition today!
1. It's Fun!
College Marching Band is NOT about preparing for competitions. It's about entertainment! Starting with your first day of band camp, you’ll be building lasting friendships with people just like you! Support the athletic teams doing what you do best and enjoy the bonding time with new friends.
2. An Opportunity to Grow as a Musician
ALL of the McKendree Music Department staff of private lessons instructors are active PROFESSIONAL musicians from the Greater St. Louis area. Our MBB scholarship guidelines are designed to encourage members to take advantage of this invaluable resource. Learn more about our fantastic instructors.
3. It’s Good for You!
Prevent that “Freshman 15” with an activity you enjoy! According to a study of Arizona State University Marching Band students by V.S. Cowen, Marching Band Members take an average of 13,987.8 + 4,715.7 steps on game day and 8,337.5 + 4,015.7 steps on non-game days!
4. Insider Access to Major Music Events
Our McKendree University Athletic Bands Department annually hosts the Drum Corp International - St. Louis Competition as well as the largest event on campus, our own Preview of Champions High School Marching Band Competition!
5. It Pays!
Automatic $3,000 Annual MBB Scholarships for Band and Color Guard Members (ILMEA, TNMEA, MMEA, IMEA and DCI musicians can receive up to $5,000! High need instruments may also receive additional award amounts.)
Music Ensemble Scholarships - Up to $2,000
Awarded to students regardless of major field of study.
Marching Band Scholarships - Up to $5,000
Awarded for co-curricular participation in the Marching Bearcat Band, Drumline and Color Guard.
Director of Athletic Bands
Hettenhausen Center of Arts 1092